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Writers:
Noel Langley (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
25 August 1939 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Mighty Miracle Show Of 1000 Delights ! See more »
Plot:
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Timeless classic still entertaining the masses as each generation comes in. See more (496 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Garland ... Dorothy

Frank Morgan ... Professor Marvel / The Wizard of Oz / The Gatekeeper / The Carriage Driver / The Guard

Ray Bolger ... 'Hunk' / The Scarecrow

Bert Lahr ... 'Zeke' / The Cowardly Lion

Jack Haley ... 'Hickory' / The Tin Man

Billie Burke ... Glinda

Margaret Hamilton ... Miss Gulch / The Wicked Witch of the West

Charley Grapewin ... Uncle Henry
Pat Walshe ... Nikko
Clara Blandick ... Auntie Em

Terry ... Toto (as Toto)
The Singer Midgets ... The Munchkins (also as The Munchkins)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Barrett ... Emerald City Manicurist (uncredited)
Amelia Batchelor ... Ozmite (uncredited)
Charles Becker ... Munchkin Mayor (uncredited)

Billy Bletcher ... Mayor / Lollipop Guild Member (voice) (uncredited)
Lorraine Bridges ... Ozmite / Lullaby League Member (voice) (uncredited)
Buster Brodie ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Tyler Brooke ... Ozmite (uncredited)
Candy Candido ... Angry Apple Tree (voice) (uncredited)
Mickey Carroll ... Munchkin Fiddler (uncredited)

Adriana Caselotti ... Juliet (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Cogg ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Pinto Colvig ... Munchkins (voice) (uncredited)
Nona Cooper ... Munchkin Villager (uncredited)
Tommy Cottonaro ... Bearded Munchkin (uncredited)
Jimmy the Crow ... Crow in Cornfield (uncredited)
Billy Curtis ... Munchkin Father (uncredited)
Paul Dale ... Lollipop Guild Member (uncredited)
Ken Darby ... Munchkinland Mayor (voice) (uncredited)
Sid Dawson ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ... Apple Tree / Munchkin (voice) (uncredited)
Jon Dodson ... Lollipop Guild Member (voice) (uncredited)
Gracie Doll ... Munchkin Villager (uncredited)
Tiny Doll ... Munchkin Villager (uncredited)
Ruth Duccini ... Munchkin Villager (uncredited)
Daisy Earles ... Munchkin Villager (uncredited)
Harry Earles ... Lollipop Guild Member (uncredited)

Buddy Ebsen ... The Tin Man (singing voice) (uncredited)
Fern Formica ... Munchkin Villager / Sleepyhead (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Jackie Gerlich ... Lollipop Guild Member (uncredited)
Phil Harron ... Winkie (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Ozmite / Winkie Guard (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Tin Polisher (uncredited)
Lois January ... Emerald City Manicurist (uncredited)
Eleanor Keaton ... Ozmite (uncredited)
The King's Men ... Munchkins (voice) (uncredited)

Karl 'Karchy' Kosiczky ... Munchkin Herald #1 / Sleepyhead (uncredited)
Nita Krebs ... Lullaby League Member (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Emerald City Manicurist (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Captain of the Winkie Guard (uncredited)
Bud Linn ... Lollipop Guild Member (voice) (uncredited)
Jerry Maren ... Lollipop Guild Member (uncredited)
Dona Massin ... Emerald City Manicurist (uncredited)
George Ministeri ... Munchkin Coach Driver (uncredited)
Yvonne Moray ... Lullabye League Member (uncredited)
Lee Murray ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Olga Nardone ... Lullabye League Center Member (uncredited)
George Noisom ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Jack Paul ... Winged Monkey (uncredited)
Margaret Pellegrini ... Munchkin Villager / Sleepyhead (uncredited)

Meinhardt Raabe ... Munchkin Coroner (uncredited)
Hazel Resmondo ... Munchkin Villager (uncredited)
Freddie Retter ... Munchkin Fiddler (uncredited)
'Little Billy' Rhodes ... Munchkin Barrister (uncredited)
The Rhythmettes ... Themselves (uncredited)
Elvida Rizzo ... Ozmite (uncredited)
Rad Robinson ... Munchkin Coroner (voice) (uncredited)
Ambrose Schindler ... Winkie (uncredited)
Helen Seamon ... Woman with Cat (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Oz Balloon Ascensionist (uncredited)
Oliver Smith ... Ozmite (uncredited)
Robert St. Angelo ... Winkie (uncredited)
Parnell St. Aubin ... Munchkin Soldier (uncredited)
Ralph Sudam ... Ozmite (uncredited)
August Clarence Swenson ... Munchkin Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Winkie (uncredited)
Johnny Winters ... Munchkin Navy Commander (uncredited)

Directed by
Victor Fleming 
George Cukor (uncredited)
Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited)
Norman Taurog (uncredited)
King Vidor (director: Kansas scenes) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Noel Langley (screenplay) &
Florence Ryerson (screenplay) and
Edgar Allan Woolf (screenplay)

Noel Langley (adaptation)

L. Frank Baum (from the book by)

Irving Brecher  contributing writer (uncredited)
William H. Cannon  uncredited
Herbert Fields  contributing writer (uncredited)
Arthur Freed  uncredited
Jack Haley  additional dialogue (uncredited)
E.Y. Harburg  uncredited
Samuel Hoffenstein  contributing writer (uncredited)
Bert Lahr  additional dialogue (uncredited)
John Lee Mahin  contributing writer (uncredited)
Herman J. Mankiewicz  contributing writer (uncredited)
Jack Mintz  contributing writer (uncredited)
Ogden Nash  contributing writer (uncredited)
Robert Pirosh  contributing writer (uncredited)
George Seaton  contributing writer (uncredited)
Sid Silvers  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Mervyn LeRoy .... producer
Arthur Freed .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (photographed by: in Technicolor)
 
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell 
 
Casting by
Leonard Murphy (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Malcolm Brown (uncredited)
William A. Horning (uncredited)
Jack Martin Smith (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
George Gibson (uncredited)
Wade B. Rubottom (uncredited)
Elmer Sheeley (supervising art director) (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... creator: character makeups
Del Armstrong .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Don L. Cash .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist: Frank Morgan (uncredited)
Lyle Dawn .... makeup artist: Billie Burke (uncredited)
Max Factor .... wig supervisor (uncredited)
Fred Frederick .... wig designer (uncredited)
Sydney Guilaroff .... braids: Dorothy (uncredited)
Cecil Holland .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Jack Kevan .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Lou LaCava .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
George Lane .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Beth Langston .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist: Jack Haley (uncredited)
Betty Masure .... body makeup artist (uncredited)
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist: Ray Bolger (uncredited)
Gustaf Norin .... prosthetic technician (uncredited)
Josef Norin .... prosthetic sculptor (uncredited)
Web Overlander .... makeup artist: Judy Garland (uncredited)
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Eddie Polo .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Mike Ragan .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Bob Roberts .... wig designer (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Charles H. Schram .... makeup artist: Bert Lahr (uncredited)
Howard Smit .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Lee Stanfield .... makeup artist: Jack Haley (uncredited)
William Tuttle .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Edith Wilson .... body makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack H. Young .... makeup artist: Margaret Hamilton (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ulric Busch .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Charles Chic .... unit manager (uncredited)
Joe Cook .... production manager (uncredited)
Louis B. Mayer .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Keith Weeks .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Shenberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William A. Horning .... associate art director
Jack E. Ackerman .... props (uncredited)
E. Preston Ames .... draftsman (uncredited)
Leo F. Atkinson .... painter: clouds (uncredited)
Hugo Ballin .... sketch artist (uncredited)
John Bossert .... designer: castle (uncredited)
Malcolm Brown .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Edward C. Carfagno .... draftsman (uncredited)
John Coakley .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Conklin .... draftsman (uncredited)
Marvin Connell .... draftsman (uncredited)
Randall Duell .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Harry Edwards .... property master (uncredited)
A.D. Flowers .... set dresser: trees (uncredited)
Jack Gaylord .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
George Gibson .... lead scenic artist (uncredited)
William Gibson .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Harvey T. Gillett .... draftsman (uncredited)
Henry Greutert .... head sculptor (uncredited)
Clem Hall .... scenic artist (uncredited)
William Hellen .... draftsman (uncredited)
F. Wayne Hill .... scenic artist (uncredited)
K. Johnson .... draftsman (uncredited)
Roy Perry .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Clark M. Provins .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ted Rich .... draftsman (uncredited)
Arthur Grover Rider .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Gerald F. Rocket .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Jim Roth .... draftsman (uncredited)
Billy H. Scott .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Jack Martin Smith .... principal sketch artist (uncredited)
Duncan Spencer .... scenic artist (uncredited)
J. Russell Spencer .... draftsman (uncredited)
Steffgen .... draftsman (uncredited)
Charles B. Steiner .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Marvin Summerfield .... draftsman (uncredited)
John J. Thompson .... draftsman (uncredited)
Leonid Vasian .... draftsman (uncredited)
Woody Woodward .... draftsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Burbridge .... sound technician (uncredited)
G.A. Burns .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
Earl Cates .... playback operator (uncredited)
O.O. Ceccarini .... sound designer (uncredited)
Bill Edmondson .... boom operator (uncredited)
James F. Gaither Jr. .... boom operator (uncredited)
James Graham .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
T.B. Hoffman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Lowell Kinsall .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Standish J. Lambert .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Frank McKenzie .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Franklin Milton .... special sound effects (uncredited)
Ralph A. Pender .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
George G. Schneider .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Douglas Shearer .... sound designer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Ralph Shugart .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... supervising re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
P. Richard Stevens .... sound recordist (uncredited)
R.L. Stirling .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Don T. Whitmer .... sound mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects (as Arnold Gillespie)
Edwin Bloomfield .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Marcel Delgado .... miniatures (uncredited)
A.D. Flowers .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Donald Jahraus .... miniatures (uncredited)
J. McMillan Johnson .... senior special effects technician (uncredited)
Mack Johnson .... special effects (uncredited)
Jack McMaster .... special effects (uncredited)
Hal Millar .... special effects (uncredited)
Bob Overbeck .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Glen Robinson .... special effects prop shop (uncredited)
Don Trumbull .... special effects rigger (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Chad Cortvriendt .... stereoscopic production manager (3D version 2013)
Chris Del Conte .... managing director: stereoscopic conversion (3D version 2013)
Jason Dourgarian .... stereoscopic compositor (3D version 2013)
Scott Farrar .... stereo conversion producer: Prime Focus (3D Version 2013)
Michael L. Fink .... stereo conversion supervisor (3D version 2013)
Justin Jones .... stereoscopic designer (3D version 2013)
Rik Panero .... technical support (1998 release, credited on theatrical prints only)
Michael Pecchia .... director of global development: Prime Focus (3D version 2013)
Brian Peluso .... stereoscopic compositor (3D version 2013)
Neil Stenhouse .... lead digital film restoration artist (2009 restoration)
Chris Bayz .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Kevin Braun .... digital compositor (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Christopher Rogers Costa .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Gregory Creaser .... camera operator: digital restoration (uncredited)
Chris Crowell .... digital compositor (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Sandy DellaMarie .... digital production coordinator (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Max Fabian .... director of photography: visual effects unit (uncredited)
Max Fabian .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Chris Flynn .... digital compositor (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Jack Gaylord .... assistant visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
George Gervan .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Richard Gervan .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
A. Arnold Gillespie .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Maureen Healy .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Heather Hoyland .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Matt Linder .... lead digital compositor (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Warren Newcombe .... director of matte painting staff (uncredited)
Michael Pecchia .... director of global development at prime focus (uncredited)
Candelario Rivas .... matte painter: castle (uncredited)
Rasha Shalaby .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
Jack Smith .... camera operator: visual effects unit (uncredited)
Lynn Tigar .... digital paint artist (1998 restoration) (uncredited)
 
Stunts
George Bruggeman .... stunts (uncredited)
Aline Goodwin .... stunt double: Margaret Hamilton, broom-riding stunt (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Allen M. Davey .... associate: Technicolor photography (as Allen Davey)
Virgil Apger .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Arnold .... camera department head (uncredited)
Pop Arnold .... key grip (uncredited)
Chris Bergswich .... assistant electrician (uncredited)
A.W. Brown .... chief unit electrician (uncredited)
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... still photographer (uncredited)
Eric Carpenter .... still photographer: Kodachrome stills (uncredited)
Bill Chapman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sam Cohen .... camera operator (uncredited)
Nelson Cordes .... camera technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Fred Detmers .... camera technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Raymond Griffith .... electrician (uncredited)
George Hommel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Henry Imus .... camera technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Paul 'Shug' Keeler .... electrician (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
W.E. Pohl .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ray Ramsey .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
W.L. Gordon .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mrs. Cluett .... costumer (uncredited)
Agnes Imes .... costumer (uncredited)
Sam Kress .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Rose Meltzer .... costumer (uncredited)
Vera Mourdant .... costumer (uncredited)
Sheila O'Brien .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Marianne Parker .... seamstress (uncredited)
Jack Rohan .... dresser: men (uncredited)
John Scura .... costumer (uncredited)
Gile Steele .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Marie Wharton .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Booth .... supervising editor (uncredited)
George Cave .... color timer (uncredited)
Ernest Grooney .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Tom Held .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Harold Arlen .... music by
George Bassman .... orchestral and vocal arrangements
Bobby Connolly .... musical numbers staged by
Murray Cutter .... orchestral and vocal arrangements
Ken Darby .... orchestral and vocal arrangements
E.Y. Harburg .... lyrics by (as E.Y. Harburg)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestral and vocal arrangements
George Stoll .... associate conductor
Herbert Stothart .... musical adaptation
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator: Munchkinland musical sequence (uncredited)
Edward Baravalle .... assistant scoring mixer (uncredited)
Peter P. Decek .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Roger Edens .... music pre-recording supervisor (uncredited)
Nat W. Finston .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Skitch Henderson .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Bud Linn .... singing voice: Lollipop Guild (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
William Saracino .... music editor (uncredited)
Toscha Seidel .... soloist: violin (uncredited)
Herbert Stahlberg .... assistant music mixer (uncredited)
George Stoll .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart .... composer: original incidental music (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart .... conductor (uncredited)
Robert W. Stringer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Roger Wagner .... assistant chorus director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate Technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor color director
Paul Adams .... stand-in: Mr. Morgan (uncredited)
Arthur Appell .... assistant: Mr. Connolly (uncredited)
Maud Gage Baum .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Eddie Becker .... rehearsal accompanist (uncredited)
Busby Berkeley .... choreographer: scarecrow's dance (uncredited) (deleted from final print)
Harlan Briggs .... double: Uncle Henry (uncredited)
Stafford Campbell .... stand-in: Scarecrow (uncredited)
William H. Cannon .... assistant: Mr. LeRoy (uncredited)
Betty Danko .... stand-in: Wicked Witch (uncredited)
Howard Dietz .... publicity chief (uncredited)
Roger Edens .... rehearsal piano (uncredited)
Frances Edwards .... caterer (uncredited)
Jim Fawcett .... stand-in: Mr. Lahr (uncredited)
Arthur Freed .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Freddie Gilman .... animal trainer: horse (uncredited)
Aline Goodwin .... stand-in: Ms. Hamilton (uncredited)
Jane Harrison .... secretary: Mr. Fleming (uncredited)
Andy Hervey .... publicity chief (uncredited)
Jean Kilgore .... dance stand-in: Judy Garland (uncredited)
Bobbie Koshay .... double: Ms. Garland (uncredited)
Harry Link .... agent: Leo Feist Music Publishing (uncredited)
David Marks .... assistant script supervisor (uncredited)
Caren Marsh .... dance stand-in: Judy Garland (uncredited)
Dona Massin .... assistant: Mr. Connolly (uncredited)
Harry Master .... stand-in: Tin Woodman (uncredited)
Pat Moran .... stand-in: Mr. Lahr (uncredited)
John M. Nickolaus .... laboratory supervisor (uncredited)
Barron Polan .... assistant: Mr. LeRoy (uncredited)
Freddie Retter .... stand-in: Mr. Walshe (uncredited)
Bill Richards .... animal wrangler: birds (uncredited)
Si Seadler .... publicity chief (uncredited)
Leo Singer .... coordinator: Munchkins (uncredited)
Carl Spitz .... dog owner and trainer: Terry (uncredited)
Georgia Stark .... rehearsal assistant (uncredited)
Howard Strickling .... publicity chief (uncredited)
Norman Taurog .... director test scenes (uncredited)
Curly Twiford .... animal trainer: birds (uncredited)
Jack Weatherwax .... trainer: Terry (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck .... publicity chief (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
102 min
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Language:
Color:
Black and White (Kansas sequences) (1949 re-release) | Black and White (Kansas sequences) (1955 re-release) | Black and White (Sepiatone) | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System: The Voice of Action) | Dolby Digital (2005 re-issue)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-8 (1988) | Finland:S (1943) | France:U | Germany:o.Al. | Hong Kong:I | Iceland:L | Japan:G | Netherlands:AL (video rating) | New Zealand:G | Norway:A | Peru:PT | Philippines:G | Portugal:M/4 | Portugal:M/6 (DVD rating) | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl (cut) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating: additional material) (2010) | UK:U (online) (2008) | UK:U (re-release) (2006) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1995) (2001) | USA:Passed | USA:Approved (certificate #5364) (original release) | USA:G (re-rating) (1970)

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Trivia:
In the song "If I Only Had A Heart", the girl who says, "Wherefore art thou, Romeo?" is Adriana Caselotti, the voice of Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Dorothy's giant lollipop (given to her by the guild) disappears between shots when the Witch appears in a cloud of red smoke.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dorothy:She isn't coming yet, Toto. Did she hurt you? She tried to, didn't she? Come on. We'll go tell Uncle Henry and Auntie Em.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Not the Bradys XXX (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
If I Were King of the ForestSee more »

FAQ

Where does the red brick road lead?
How was the shift from black and white to color accomplished?
Upon realizing that Toto is gone, wouldn't Miss Gulch go back to the Gales' farm to retrieve him?
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Timeless classic still entertaining the masses as each generation comes in., 26 December 2008
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

Dorothy is a young girl living on a Kansas farm, during a tornado, she, along with her dog Toto, is swept up and plonked down in a magical and mysterious land known as Oz. Desperate to get back home and under threat from a wicked witch, she is advised to seek out a great wizard who should be able to help her get back home. As she sets off and on her way she meets and befriends a wonderful array of characters whom also have something to ask of the fabled wizard, it's a journey that will prove to be both magical and fraught with danger.

The Wizard Of Oz is a film that has been pored over and dissected from almost everyone involved in the wonderful world of film. One thing that strikes me every time I view it is that their not only is no place like home, there is also no film like The Wizard Of Oz, and really, when all is said and done, there is unlikely to be another film of its ilk to ever grace the silver screen. Upon multiple viewings only the most biased of film fan could say that it is a technically perfect picture, it clearly isn't. At times it's a wee bit creaky and when scrutinised, some of the performances in the piece are far from an excellent standard, but crucially any misgivings are quickly erased due to the wonder of it all because the film has an ability to transport everybody who is watching into OZ alongside Dorothy.

The Wizard Of Oz appeals {and caters} to every demographic and pretty much any age group; adventure, meeting new friends, fears and trepidations, booming colour, songs to singalong with, and of course it's total point of homely values: The Wizard Of Oz stands up well 70 years later because it taps into all the emotions available to the human being, be it a young child spellbound on a first viewing, or an octogenarian couple of grandparents wistfully humming along to the tunes, it's a film that shouldn't be dissected looking for faults and hidden meanings, it's a film that should be loved and praised for the ode to fantastical whimsy that it so obviously is.

The film of course will forever be associated with its darling star, Judy Garland. Viewing now, and knowing what a sad life she would eventually lead, The Wizard Of Oz is a fitting picture on which to remember what a magical and wonderful performer she was, myself as a 14 stone lump of waning machismo, I have no shame in saying that as Judy sings Somewhere Over The Rainbow I melt and feel as tho I'm being sent spinning into another world, that's the power of the piece, as a sepia Kansas becomes the glorious colour of Oz, nothing else in my world matters, I'm in hook line and sinker.

There are many interesting back stories to the picture, with books galore available to anyone interested. Some notes that might interest you being: original castings to be W.C. Fields, Shirley Temple and Deanna Durbin, munchkins running riot, drunken cast members, sadness and suicides, and grizzled old pros fighting hard not to let Garland steal the picture. Well it makes for a great read, for sure, but what remains to this day is one of the most beloved pictures to have ever been made, for once in the pantheon of great cinema we have a film that is termed a classic, that actually deserves to have that tag. One of the great things about the advent of technology is that it can benefit old classic movies to make them better, for now we can view remastered editions of The Wizard Of Oz and appreciate even more what a great job the makers did. Keep your eyes on Dorothy's Ruby Slippers during the film and see how they are the sparkling important character that they should be, or take in the brilliant work of the make up crew, the tiniest of rivets on The Tin Man a testament to the brilliant work that goes into bringing magic to our lives. Get the newest copy you can and then see it on the biggest screen available to you because The Wizard Of Oz is a 10/10 movie: and then some.

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